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Publisher's Summary

Charlaine Harris' popular Southern Vampire mysteries have been described by Publishers Weekly as "humorous Southern-fried fantasy" with a little bit of romance.

In the follow up to Dead Until Dark, telepathic friend of the undead (and vampire bar cocktail waitress) Sookie Stackhouse puts her newfound powers to the test. After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed. That seems easier said than done when an upstart religious cult threatens to destroy all things vampire - including Sookie, who is quickly scheduled for sacrifice.

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©2002 Charlaine Harris; (P)2008 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"This is one terrific read." (KLIATT)

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Basic and unlistenable

After watching the True Blood series and finding dissatisfaction with the finale, some of my friends recommended the books as a better alternative. Boy were they wrong.

Ms. Parker does a decent job narrating and I enjoyed her different characters, but the story was so juvenile that I wondered how adults could be interested in such predictable rubbish.

The show did an amazing job at intrigue, character development, and mystery, while the author just laid everything on the table with zero chance to come to your own conclusions.

I don't care about the unlikable characters at all and can't bring myself to listen to another word.

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  • Elisabeth
  • STANTON, CA, United States
  • 07-28-17

Road Trip To Dallas

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, though this series isn't for everyone as there is a lot of sex and violence.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot kept my interest, though the sex scenes get tedious.

Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

Obviously Sookie since the story is told from her perspective. I do think the narration of the male characters is weak and they often sound similar.

Any additional comments?

The humor is always a treat. There is a lot more of Eric in this one. Pam tells Sookie that Eric is busy because he is 'enthralling vermin'; meaning the customers in his bar. Imagining a viking in a pink tank with spandex pants is just hilarious. Eric is called a 'beautiful piece of dead meat'.

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Sookie encounters the Church of the Sun in Dallas

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse lives in Bon Temps, Louisiana and works at Merlotte’s Bar and Grill. While Sookie works the late shift at the bar, Detective Andy Bellefleur ties one on, and they must call his sister to pick him up since he cannot drive home drunk. Upon arriving at Merlotte’s the next day, Sookie finds the cook Lafayette very dead in detective Andy Bellefleur’s car which had been left at the bar. It looks as if Lafayette’s bragging about a sex party he’d attended has gotten him into trouble. Who are the people who hosted this party, and who else attended? What are they hiding?

Sookie’s vampire lover Bill and Sookie herself have been summoned by his superior Eric who runs the vampire bar Fangtasia in nearby Shreveport. As Bill and Sookie drive to see Eric, they quarrel, and Sookie jumps out of the car. In the dark night, Sookie is accosted by a maenad, a creature that fills her body with poison via the wounds she inflicts on Sookie’s back. The only way to save Sookie’s life is to suck the poison out, which the vampires at Fangtasia happily do. They replenish her blood supply with their own blood which is very healing to humans. Her payback is to help the vampires in Dallas, Texas who have requested help in dealing with trouble from a group of people who have joined together to form the Church of the Sun that in the broad sense opposes vampires completely and more specifically may be hiding a missing vampire.

Upon her arrival in Dallas, Sookie is asked to read the minds of some local human bar patrons in order to determine if they saw a specific vampire just before he disappeared. With that knowledge, the nest in Dallas hopes to find their “brother.” Suspecting that he is being held by members of the Church of the Sun, Sookie and another human pose as a couple interested in joining the church. The pair is given a tour of the church but then is prevented from leaving, being introduced to vampire Godric who wants to repent his ways and “meet the sun” at dawn.

As a church member attempts to rape Sookie, she fights back and with Godric’s help she avoids deadly attempts on her life. Sookie escapes the church helped by a local shapeshifter. Unfortunately, members of the church pursue them and cause an accident. Sookie and the shapeshifter are upside down and trapped in the car when more church members chase them.

Will police arrive in time to free Sookie before church members reach her? What happens to the shapeshifter who helped her? Will Sookie find Bill and warn the vampire community of these church members claiming retribution? Will the missing vampire be returned to his nest unharmed? Will Godric meet the dawn? And if Sookie makes it back to Bon Temps, will she discover who killed Lafayette?

Johanna Parker narrates the audiobook superbly. She conveys the many emotions presented in this second series entry. Her reading brings the book to life and contributes realistic voices along with Sookie’s lively southern accent.

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fun book

love the narrator, she does a super southern accent, and clear voiced Sookie as well as Erics Norse like accent as well

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  • layla
  • Chicago , IL, United States
  • 10-30-16

the book was ok I guess

Sookie is still an idiot. Bill is still wooden as a character. Eric is always interesting. The chase went on too long.

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Entertaining

Very entertaining. Enjoyed listening. Sookie can't stay out of trouble no matter how hard she tries

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awesome series - spell binding- wonderful story

engaging characters - excellent reader- found myself listening to it every free moment- perfect for long car trips- great summer travel material

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loved it

i liked these books so far and i cant wait to get the next book

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Plot jumps around weirdly

The plot was divided sort of strangely so the flow of the book was a little stilted. I am still interested to see what happens though and the performance was really great.

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Great 2nd book!

I really enjoyed this Sookie story! Ms. Harris never disapoints. I can't wait to read the next one!